This year’s Championship Series is off and running! If you missed any of last week’s action, be sure to check out our first installment for replays, Brisnet charts and links to recaps.
This is a great time of the year to remind ourselves that the Kentucky Derby is as much about the journey as the destination. Steve Haskin, senior correspondent for The Blood-Horse, follows the Derby trail closely in his weekly column and was kind enough to pen “How to find a Derby Winner” for our Letter to New Horseplayer series:
“So, you can scrutinize over the top 3-year-olds all you want in January and February as long as you realize that the Derby winner might not even be a blip on the radar screen at that point.”
Those Derby contenders who are already a blip on the radar are featured as betting options in the third pool of the Kentucky Derby future wagers that opens today at noon ET. The lone Kentucky Oaks future pool is also opens today, and both pools close on Sunday. Be sure to check out our future wagers post, which includes historical payouts and considerations, as well as free Brisnet.com past performances for the current pools.
There also several Kentucky Derby hopefuls running in the Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park and John Battaglia Stakes at Turfwary Park. While these aren’t official points races we’ll be sure to include post-race news and recaps links!
News About the Contenders
Blood-Horse: American Pharoah Shows Readiness for Rebel
Blood-Horse: Baffert: Dortmund is ‘Figuring it Out’
Blood-Horse: Daredevil Returns from Freshening in Swale
Blood-Horse: China Horse Club Buys Interest in Daredevil
Blood-Horse: Haskin: Derby Preps: No Need For Speed
Blood-Horse: Horton Considers Rebel for Take Charge Brandi
Blood-Horse: Zayat 3YOs Continue Cross-Country Derby Preps
Blood-Horse: Steve Haskin’s Derby Dozen for Feb. 24, 2015
Blood-Horse: What Happened to Frosted, and Other Stories
Brisnet: Dortmund enters San Felipe picture
Brisnet: Horton wants Take Charge Brandi to face the boys in Rebel
Brisnet: Daredevil returns in Swale
Brisnet: Far Right will train up to Arkansas Derby; Mr. Z headed to Louisiana Derby
Brisnet: The Great War looms as heavy favorite in Battaglia
Brisnet: Khozan in a cakewalk at Gulfstream Park
Brisnet: Itsaknockout good, Upstart ‘a little tired’ but OK after Fountain of Youth
Brisnet: Zito mulling options with FOY third Frammento; Bluegrass Singer shortening up
DRF: Future Wager: KyDerby Pool 3 and KyOaks close later today; updating …
DRF: El Kabeir tops Gotham workers
DRF: Souper Colossal may defer to Tampa Bay
DRF: Gulfstream cancels rest of card due to weather
DRF: ‘Field’ is 5-2 fave in Derby futures Pool 3 after 1st day of betting
DRF: Early returns in Derby/Oaks future wager
DRF: Take Charge Brandi leads 154 fillies nominated to Kentucky Oaks
DRF: Weather may not cooperate this weekend at Santa Anita
DRF: Kentucky Derby pedigree profiles: Khozan
DRF: Daredevil cuts back for 3-year-old debut in Swale
DRF: Meydan: Favorites prevail in UAE Oaks, Zabeel Mile
DRF: The Great War finds his battleground at Turfway
DRF: Beyer: History could be Khozanâ€™s toughest rival
YouTube: American Pharoah works toward Rebel Stakes (w/Baffert interview at the end)
Santa Ysabel Stakes
Santa Anita Park, Saturday Feb 28, post time: 7:00pm ET
1 1/16th miles (8.5 furlongs)
Nine southern California-based 3-year-old fillies looking to get on the Kentucky Oaks trail in earnest will try to do so in the $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita Park.
The most exciting prospect in the group from an Oaks perspective might be Enchanting Lady, who won the Landaluce Stakes eight months ago but has not raced since. Her owner, Kaleem Shah, paid $650,000 for her at a 2-year-old in training sale last year, so she has a ways to go to earn her money back, but the aforementioned stakes win was an electrifying 6 1/4-length romp.
The only graded stakes winner in the group is Rainha Da Bateria, who won the Jessamine Stakes last year on turf at Keeneland. The Santa Ysabel will be her first start on dirt, but her last five workouts have all been on the Santa Anita main track.
Other stakes winners in the field are Achieverâ€™s Legacy and Light the City, the first- and third-place finishers, respectively in the Desi Arnaz Stakes going 7 furlongs on Polytrack at Del Mar. Light the City had previously won the Anoakia Stakes going 6 furlongs at Santa Anita to make her and Enchanting Lady the only stakes winners on dirt in the field.
Ironically, the only entrant with any Kentucky Oaks points is the maiden Danette, who has two for her third-place finish in the Chandelier Stakes. She is winless in eight starts but does have a pair of second- and third-place finishes each.
Rattataptap stretches out in the Santa Ysabel after winning a 6-furlong allowance race on January 29 by 4 3/4 lengths. She finished eighth in her only stakes tryâ€”the Santa Ynez on January 3â€”after a poor start, which likely compromised her chances considering that her last win was gate-to-wire at 6 furlongs.
Two other likely speed presences in the race are to Rattataptapâ€™s outside, recent maiden winners Stellar Wind and Glory. Curlinâ€™s Fox, meanwhile, also exits the maiden ranks for this tilt, but she did her running from the back of the pack and is likely to do so again in this spot.
2015 Santa Ysabel Replay
2015 John Battaglia Replay
News and Recaps
Brisnet: Son posts Royal upset in Battaglia; The Great War bled in last
DRF: Royal Son scores 9-1 upset in John Battaglia Memorial
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